Louis Priddy’s love of pounding the pavement led him to found Running Factory II—the previous incarnation of Front Runner Athletics—in 1982. Over the next 15 years, the business blossomed until Louis changed its name and built a new 4,000-square-foot location to accommodate its expanded inventory of shoes and athletic apparel.
In 2001, Louis passed the reins to avid runner Chad Varga, who has carried on Priddy’s legacy by ensuring that his customers’ shoes not only fit on their feet but also accommodate runners’ individual arches and manner of jogging. To achieve this, Chad and his staff conduct free comprehensive gait analyses, guiding guests—who are often referred by local orthopedists and podiatrists—toward shoes that match their foot shapes and habits of running on the sidewalk, on a track, or on hot coals. The store’s wide range of men’s and women’s shoes from the likes of ASICS, Adidas, Mizuno, and New Balance help the experts find the ideal pair.
The dishes of Bon'Appetite Bistro Catering's master chef, Jernard Wells, have graced the tables of celebrities including Steve Harvey and Paula Deen, earning him recognition from Cuisine Noir and Chatter magazines. Traveling to client's homes, Wells crafts customized menus in a variety of regional cuisines such as Cajun, American, Jamaican, Martian, and Italian. In addition, cooking classes for adults, teens, and couples illuminate the art of crafting cuisines with simple methods yet complex flavors. Chef Jernard is also the author of 88 Ways to Her Heart: Cooking for Lovers, which is mostly metaphorical and doesn't detail the process of riding a Cheerio directly to your significant other's left ventricle.
Though its blue and pink neon lights and retro decor speak to times past, Surf's Up Carwash scrubs cars clean in a quick, modern-day automated wash house that subscribes to eco-friendly practices. Drivers pull up to an automated teller, follow a few touchscreen prompts, and, in about three minutes, drive off in a vehicle that sparkles from top to tire. During the wash, performed by power-minimizing machines, grime flows off of finishes with the help of biodegradable soap. Surf's Up also recycles 80% of its water and uses only 17 gallons of fresh water per wash, a process that’s more efficient than the typical at-home wash and easier than pouring soap down a waterfall and driving through it. All car washes also include complimentary access to Surf's Up's high-powered vacuums.
Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
The catalyst for many on- and off-road excursions, Chatt Town Scooters puts drivers in motion with new scooters, used motorcycles, and by-the-hour vehicle rentals. UTVs prowl the dirt and jagged terrain in search of adventure, and scooters zip around town, veering into tight alleyways and hugging the turns of tiny drive-thrus. Parts, installations, and upgrades keep vehicles running smoothly, and the shop’s fashionable protective gear does the same for drivers.
Scott LaFlamme of LMI Studio passes down more than 20 years of music-industry experience through instrument lessons, songwriting and composition classes, and studio sessions. Aspiring musicians of all levels can take lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals.
Putt-putters can bask in the soothing phosphorescent splendor of Glowgolf’s mini course as they navigate their illuminated golf ball through glowtopia. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent fishes, and lush foliage. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to outmaneuver any vividly bright and very alive windmills that may appear. Equipment is available on the spot, so you won't risk bending your own putter when you chase after that pesky, good-for-nothing, hole-digging, ball-stealing, and most likely hallucinated gopher.
Swing by this authorized Apple abode to find a full stock of Apple's newest gadgets and gismos. Current featured computers include the new iMac (starting at $1,199), which has super-fast graphics, a sleek desktop design, and a wireless keyboard and magic mouse. The newest MacBook ($999) touts next-generation NVIDIA graphics, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Hard-core hard drive connoisseurs can visit MacAuthority to test drive Mac's fastest, most powerful computer yet—the all-new Mac Pro (starting at $2,499, which delivers top-notch processing speeds, graphics, storage abilities, and bragging rights. The shop also boasts a friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer any questions, and to help pair you with your technological soul mate.
Collective Clothing's intrepid owners Travis and Sondra Aten travel the Midwest in search of vintage items to pair with resale pieces for a diverse collection of T-shirts, coats, and women's wear that echoes every modern era. The boutique's brood of sparkly logo T-shirts (about $8) complement shiny owl jewelry (about $7) or leopard-print scarves. Don well-worn pairs of used cowboy boots ($40+) or rotating looks by brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Free People, LaCoste, Penguin, and American Apparel. At the shop's $5-or-less show space, regal marblesque busts of famous composers, including Wagner and Liszt, await strong arms to cart them home to a mantel or the neighbor's bedroom closet.
Boutique style shop specializing in paper for weddings and events, personal correspondence, and gifts for every occasion. Special things for the special events and people in our lives.
Trek Bicycle Store supplies weekend warriors and casual cyclers with a stable of sleek bikes. Plant your posteriors on one of three bike models: the Kaitai, equipped with a Shimano Acera eight-speed drivetrain; the Pure Sport, a comfy ride tricked out with a low stance and wide saddle; or the 7.2 FX, a fine-tuned machine boasting eight speeds and a hydroformed frame. Rentals include a helmet and a map, which identifies local points of interest such as the Riverwalk and highlights cardio-stimulating trails and scenic potholes.
We are a true "Sit and Fit" shoe store dedicated to making a difference with each customer.
Utilizing 20+ years of footwear experience and state of the art technologies we put fit and function first with each customer.
After surviving brain cancer, Jim Hangstefer founded Nature’s Finest Nutrition to promote the curative properties of a healthy lifestyle aided by natural supplements. Shelves lined in vitamin and herbal supplements complement myriad natural deodorants, soaps, and lotions, which enhance physical well-being without toxins such as adamantium. Alternative-remedy specialists assert that milk-thistle combination ($36.40) helps maintain healthy liver function, and DHEA supplements ($35.25) may replenish squandered vigor levels. Customers can placate frazzled nerves with the help of Nutri-Calm ($34.45), or nourish the body's outer membrane with a Skin Detox ($35.25). Like slipping into a hot tub filled with local anesthesia, IF Relief ($32.95) can soothe the tension of inflamed musculature.
Boutique Couture sheaths brides and beauties of all types in designer gowns and special-occasion couture. Its designer gallery outfits elegant ladies, fashion-forward teens, and fashion-forward pod-person imposters in prom dresses ($240–$500), cocktail dresses ($230–$500), and evening gowns ($300–$550). Party-goers can complement dresses, jean skirts, or tuxedo capris with accessories ($30–$200) including décolletage-decorating necklaces, elegant earrings, and headpieces. For option-two opters, to-be brides and incredibly overdressed blind daters can peruse bridal gowns ($800–$2,000) from Allure, Jasmin Couture, and Nicole Miller, while their bridesmaids and maternal figures try on bridesmaid dresses ($135–$280) and mother-of-the-bride frocks ($190–$600).
Grafe Studio's efflorescence features a variety of flowers for all occasions, radiating a kaleidoscope of color and sense-pleasing scents. With flowers flown in from Ecuador, Columbia, Australia, the Netherlands, and regional bloom-harvesters, a staff of well-trained floral designers works closely with each customer to create their ideal arrangement. Build a resplendent bouquet for a first date, birthday, anniversary, or to celebrate winning the championship in a head-banging tournament. Jazz up the event with a bunch of alstroemerias, carnations, daisies, or cushion mums ($0.75/stem), and mix in a mass of golden craspedias, eryngiums, limoniums, and statices ($1/stem). Grafe Studio houses a wide selection of flowers, including the green ringing Bells of Ireland ($1.25/stem), long-stemmed roses ($1.50), blue hydrangeas ($2.99), exotic Oriental lilies ($3.50), and hybrid lilies ($2.50)—a scientifically stunning cross between a lily and an electric car.